Blog about having premature ovarian failure and trying donor IVF with my sister's eggs

Apparently acupuncture can help you get pregnant following an embryo transfer although the benefits of yoga are less certain – some people think it should be avoided.

For someone my age, with an embryo which is the age of my sister (six years younger) and my husband (eight years younger), my chance of conceiving with each  transfer is around 30%. But if I get acupuncture it rises to around 50%. With odds like that, I’m definitely in for some needles.

I usually get acupuncture about once a month to keep me healthy. But last week I had needles on the day of my transfer as well as a few days later on Thursday. I’m going again this Wednesday.

I also usually practice ashtanga yoga three to four times a week but have stopped it following my transfer. I have decided this as yoga is seen by some as a danger to growing embryos and something to be avoided in the first trimester. This is because (particularly with ashtanga), the practice increases heat in the body – a bit like a sauna –  which can be detrimental to early pregnancy. Also, moves involving twists can also be harmful.

It’s hard to know what to do, especially as there are no studies on this out there. My yoga teachers say they will support me regardless of whether I choose to continue or temporarily suspend my practice. Does anyone have any info/advice on this subject they could volunteer?


Comments on: "Yes to needles; no to yoga" (8)

  1. I unfortunately dont have any information on yoga and how it affects IVF transfers but i did used to do a fertility yoga class which focussed on certain moves at certain times of your cycle. If you want more info, please let me know. I am however particpating in a pilot study on whether acupuncture and TCM help with pregnancy rates from IVF, so I look forward to seeing if it helps or not.
    All the best. Sending you loads of sticky vibes.

    • Hi Lily

      Many thanks. Your fertility yoga classes sound interesting – if you have any info on moves to avoid or to focus on, then I’d be really grateful if you would share. Is it too much info to put in a reply to this?

      Also I’d be fascinated to know what the outcome of the study is you are involved with, on acupuncture and pregnancy rates so please share when you have more on that.

      Sorry for my ignorance but what is TCM?

  2. I don’t have any advice, but wish you all the best.

  3. I also have no advice, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for you! If nothing, the acupuncture should put you in a good frame of mind!

    • thanks Elphaba – I’ll keep you posted. Weirdly, I’ve been really irritable since the transfer (and I’m usually pretty easy going) so anything to fix my frame of mind would be good!

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